Australian 4x4 Driver
Training & Australian 4x4 Travel Environmental Policy
The John Cantrell training and tourism businesses are concerned about
the natural environment and the impact that tourism has on the
The tours and other activities run by John Cantrell businesses
generally have less participant vehicles than many of its competitors
and other groups in an effort to minimise our own impact on the
environment and that we will stay on recognised tracks and, or, routes
throughout the trip, where areas are visited that are culturally
sensitive we will look but not touch, flora and fauna is for
photographs and not for removal.
John Cantrell businesses recognise that environmental damage and
climate change have the potential of creating a heavy impact on the
environment and, therefore, tourism as a whole.
John Cantrell businesses recognise that without due care the tourism
industry can create considerable environmental damage to the
destinations we are priveledged to visit and particularly the remote
routes often taken by Australian 4x4 Travel tours.
John Cantrell recognises that the adverse actions by many members of
the public today and in disregard to the natural environment are not
sustainable, either for the now or for the future.
On tours run by John Cantrell four main issues are addressed -
1 - Reducing carbon emissions
By traveling to and from our start and end destinations by road rather
than by air we are already significantly reducing personal carbon
emissions, this is further enhanced by spending holidays on road in
Australia rather than overseas destinations.
By not running our vehicles when not necessary, it really is
unacceptable to start vehicles some time before scheduled departure
times, vehicles should be turned off when not in use during comfort and
other breaks as well as during photo shoots.
Tyres should be inflated to pressures that will lessen the potential of
tyre damage, damaged tyres should be disposed of for recycling rather
than as landfill.
2 - Conserving biodiversity
For much of out travel on our trups we will be visiting, or traveling
through, areas of natural beauty and sensitive eco systems. We need to
conserve this natural beauty and these sensitive eco systems for the
benefit of everyone and for the benefit of future generations.
Large tracts of the Australian Outback have been closed off to tourism
and the public through the inappropriate use and actions of some.
Some of these restricted areas that we are priveldged to travel through
is only made possible through the generosity and special permission of
their owners and, or, land managers, we need to reciprocate by leaving
their lands in as good or better condition that we found them.
3 - Waste management
Rubbish and human body waste are the biggest forms of pollutants in
many of the areas we visit. We must take out our waste and bury deep what we
can't take out.
Waste taken out should be sorted into re-usable, recyclable and
landfill waste and disposed of accordingly in recognised disposal areas.
4 - Water supply protection
Many of the areas we travel through are some of the driest in Australia
and their water resources need to be conserved for their very survival.
Think twice as to how much of their water you need to take away with
you in your bulk containers for showering, washing and other general
use. Try, where possible, to have seperate containers for potable and
Your water consumption for hygiene and general washing up purposes
should be measured and controlled and decisions made as to whether its
use is really necessary.
In summary we all have a key part to play in the furthering of our
destinations sustainability. Lets always consider the long term gain,
not the short term pleasure.